08 Apr How Prozac Can Be Harmful
Prozac, which is a brand name for the generic antidepressant fluoxetine, helps many people struggling with clinical depression, but it can also be a risky drug to take. Prozac abuse is common, although experts don’t consider the drug to be habit-forming. There is always the possibility of becoming dependent on a drug of abuse, and there is also the risk of dangerous side effects. If you have been prescribed Prozac or another brand of fluoxetine, know the risks and take the medication responsibly.
Is Prozac a Controlled Substance?
One of the biggest concerns anyone should have when taking a prescription medication is whether it is a drug that is susceptible to abuse. Any drug that makes you feel good is one that you might abuse. If Prozac makes you feel relaxed and stifles your depressive symptoms, for instance, you might feel tempted to take more than the recommended dose. Or, once your doctor says you can stop taking it, you might ignore that and continue because of how the drug makes you feel. The Drug Enforcement Administration does not list fluoxetine as a controlled substance, which means it is not considered to be habit forming. However, it is a drug that some people feel compelled to abuse.
Is Fluoxetine Addictive?
Experts would say that Prozac is not addictive, or in other words not habit-forming, which is why it is not listed as a controlled substance. However, you should be aware that whenever you abuse a drug, you put yourself at risk of becoming psychologically dependent on it. With Prozac you might feel as if you need it in order to feel relaxed or to sleep restfully at night. You may also feel afraid that if you stop taking it you will return to a depressed state. Your hesitation might lead you to feel that you absolutely need the drug.
Side Effects of Prozac
Prozac addiction may be uncommon, but abuse of this drug is not. Abusing it means increasing the risk of experiencing side effects. It can also mean that the side effects you experience will be more severe. Possible side effects of Prozac include drowsiness, excessive sweating, dry mouth, sore throat, loss of appetite, weight loss, nervousness, nausea and loss of sex drive. The rare but more serious side effects include trouble breathing, a rash and hives, joint pain and swelling, confusion, fever, hallucinations and seizures.
You may also experience withdrawal from Prozac if you abuse it and then stop using the drug. The official name for this condition is called antidepressant discontinuation syndrome and it can be serious. Symptoms include anxiety, irritability, headaches, fatigue, flu-like symptoms and depression. If you are worried about withdrawal or think you have been abusing Prozac, talk to your doctor before you stop using the drug. You will need guidance to slowly stop using it to avoid the syndrome. Abusing any drug is risky, so know the facts before you make that choice.
Drug addiction is a progressive and deadly disease.
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